Russian prisoners will be able to legally go to war and in some cases receive subsequent release from punishment if they “show courage and heroism in military service.” According to TASS, such a bill was prepared by Russian senators.
“The bill provides for the addition of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation with Article 82.2, which provides for the possibility of granting in wartime, during the period of mobilization, martial law or armed conflict to certain categories of convicts a deferment of execution of punishment in connection with their direction to participate in hostilities,” the explanatory note to the document says. .
As one of the authors of the bill, Olga Kovitidi, a senator from the Crimea, explained to TASS, those convicted for a term of less than five years will be called up for war. Until the end of hostilities, they will be granted a reprieve from punishment. But if the convict shows "courage and heroism" in the war and "proves his correction", then the court may release him from the remaining term or mitigate the punishment.
At the same time, senators do not want to send to war those prisoners who were convicted for violating the rules for holding rallies, riots, “discrediting” the RF Armed Forces, “propaganda of Nazi symbols”, calls for sanctions against the Russian Federation, “disseminating knowingly false information about the use of the RF Armed Forces” .
Earlier, "Important stories" found out that the Ministry of Defense is already recruiting prisoners in the colonies. Yevgeny Prigozhin, the owner of PMC Wagner, has also been recruiting convicts for several months. At first, convicts were voluntarily sent to the front, but recently it became known that they were sent there by force.